The Curbed Cup, our annual award for the neighborhood of the year, is kicking off with 16 neighborhoods vying for the prestigious (fake) trophy. We’ll reveal each of the neighborhoods this week, and polls will be open for 24 hours so you can cast your vote as to which ones should advance. Let the eliminations commence!
This New Orleans neighborhood on the West Bank has reigned as Curbed Cup champion for two years in a row. So what’s been new with Algiers Point since we last visited neighborhood in 2016?
Earlier this year Gulfwater Properties, LLC, (re)announced its plans to create beach-like resort near the Algiers Point Ferry Terminal, something the developer has discussed since May of 2016. In April, the Mayor’s office announced the largest development happening at the Point, which is the historic Algiers Courthouse’s $1.2 million renovation. On the food side, the neighborhood welcomed a new pizzeria on Delaronde Street. As New Orleans’s new bike-share continues to grow, Algiers Point will hold one Blue Bikes station by next year.
Other community highlights include Wednesday at the Point, its its six-week fall concert series held near the Mississippi River; Its annual holiday season bonfire; Its community park intended for young children; A free, community-sponsored food pantry; The Rosetree Blown Glass Studio and Gallery; and New Orleans’s Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum. Check out this commentary on the best parts of the city from the perspective of an Algiers Point resident.
Up next is the former township of Carrollton that New Orleans annexed in the mid-19th century. Similar to Algiers Point, the neighborhood holds true to its old town values, which is regulated by the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission.
One of the largest developments in Carrollton this past year was the renovation of its Nix Library on South Carrollton Avenue. The $310,000 refresh covered interior, electrical, and plumbing upgrades. While development isn’t necessarily booming in this neighborhood, it does boast one of the highest bike scores in New Orleans. Unfortunately, that won’t help the fact that Blue Bikes completely overlooked this neighborhood as a host for its new bike-share stations.
But who can forget this neighborhood for food? It holds the annual Po’ Boy Fest on Oak Street, and a new Cajun Food restaurant called DTB opened this past winter. Most of all, much of the neighborhood is accessible via its St. Charles Streetcar line.
Now, the decision is in your hands: Which neighborhood should advance to the next round? Cast your vote in the poll below.